Fashion Record

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Onitsuka Tiger

The Onitsuka Tiger brand was established in 1949 from Kihachiro Onitsuka's desire to foster a positive outlook for Japanese youth after the war. He believed that sport was the key, a belief that kicked off the Onitsuka Tiger legend, starting with the first basketball shoes in Japan (emblazoned with a tiger face design on the arch of the foot). By the 1950's Onitsuka was innovating running shoes with marathon runners Tooru Terasawa and Abebe Bikila. You will no doubt recognise one Onitsuka Tiger icon, in the form of the Mexico 66's - a yellow pair worn by Uma Thurman in Kill Bill vol 1.

Onitsuka Tiger's Sydney store opened in 2005, located at Westfield Bondi Junction. It is part of an exclusive chain of dedicated stores, with the others located in Tokyo, Fukuoka, London, Paris, Seoul and Berlin.

The Onitsuka Tiger web sites have 'cool stuff' to browse through, including work with designer Arne Quinze, artist collective Faile and you can even make Origami Mexico 66 shoes, via template by premier paper artist Shin Tanaka(see above).

Onitsuka Tiger Australia
Onitsuka UK Tiger
Onitsuka Tiger Origami

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Karen Millen

The Karen Millen label was founded by Karen Millen and Kevin Stanford in 1981 with a £100 investment in 100M of white cotton to make shirts to sell to friends. The 'Party Plan' sales network was successful enough to establish their first store in Maidstone, Kent in 1983. These days Karen Millen focuses on contemporary womenswear, influenced by classic lines and elegant feminine prints. Karen Millen currently operates across 110 countries in Europe, The Middle East and USA. Karen Millen has 3 stores in Australia - two in Melbourne(ground floor at GPO on Bourke St, and 555a Chapel St) and one in Sydney(Westfield Bondi Junction). Karen Millen has also launched eyewear and cosmetic ranges. Visit the Karen Millen site for more on Karen Millen's collections.

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